Re: In the market for a 3wt
Heres more input...
1) St. Croix Avid - Very good medium action rod
2) Redington CT or the current Tempt - Again a very good medium action rod
3) LL Bean Pocket Water - Good rod + the bullet proof warranty
Beyond all the suggestions you have recd., best is to visit a local fly shop and cast what ever 3 weight rods they have in your price range. There are too many unknown variables in this case for you to get an accurate recommendations from forum members since ideal fly rod action / graphics is such a highly personal choice.